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December 23 Devotional

The years that lie behind you, with all their struggles and pains, will in time be remembered only as the way that led to your new life. But as long as the new life is not fully yours, your memories will continue to cause you pain. When you keep reliving painful events of the past, you can feel victimized by them. But there is a way of telling your story that does not crea...

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December 22 Devotional

Most often in the scriptures it seems like we are called upon to remember, and rightly so. We are called upon to remember how God has moved and how he has worked on our behalf. We are called upon to remember how he has provided for our needs and how he has guided our paths over the course of our lifetime, as well as that of our ancestors. We are called upon to remember how...

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December 21 Devotional

New is something we all deeply long for. In fact, which one of us is not excited about a new beginning, or a clean slate, or a new lease on life, or a brand new heart? Who among us is not thrilled at the prospect of all the old and the worn out and the broken being done away with in favor of the new, and the fresh, and the whole. ...

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December 20 Devotional

Saying yes to Love works, but not in the way we might expect. It is the working of love, not of efficiency. It involves intention but not success or failure. It invites dedicated practice, but not achievement or competence. It is a conscious choice toward openness instead of control. ...

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December 19 Devotional

Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God. Opening Prayer: Yes, Father! Yes! And always Yes! - Francis de Sales Scripture Reading for the Day: John 1:4-13 Reading for Reflection: I’ve been thinking a lot about darkness and light the past few days. In fact, I have been becoming more keenly aware of the darkness that ...

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December 18 Devotional

Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God. Opening Prayer: Yes, Father! Yes! And always Yes! - Francis de Sales Scripture Reading for the Day: Matthew 1:18-24 Reading for Reflection: I wonder how long you made Joseph wait in that agonizing tension before you told him your plan. And what was it you were trying to accomplis...

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December 17 Devotional

Hearing is an important step in saying yes to God’s call. But once we hear, we must still decide whether we will go where invited or sent. In other words, hearing may be the easy part of saying yes to God’s call. Once we have heard and counted the cost the most difficult task remains. However, with deep faith in the living God who calls us, the only reasonable response...

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December 16 Devotional

Magnificat. It is a Latin word which means [My soul] magnifies. It is also the name by which this prayer of Mary’s has been known through the ages. It is truly one of the great prayers of all time. It is the prayer of an innocent and obedient young girl who decided to say yes to God, even in the most ridiculous, challenging, and overwhelming of circumstances. It is a pra...

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December 15 Devotional

Don’t you wish sometimes that you could’ve been a fly on the wall as these great stories of Scripture unfold? Especially one like this. I would have loved to have seen the faces of Mary and Gabriel as this exchange takes place. I would have loved to have heard the words; to have heard how they were spoken and with what tone and care and volume. And I would have loved t...

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December 14 Devotional

Our lives are full. Oh, maybe not full in the qualitative sense (as in all the fullness of God - Ephesian 3:19), but full of other, not so quality things. We are full of doubt, full of fear, and full of insecurity. We are full of activities, full of responsibilities, and full of stuff to do. We are full of disappointment, full of groaning, and full of pain. We are full of ...

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